London, UK (BBN) – She dazzled viewers with her foxtrot and on-screen chemistry with professional dance partner Brendan Cole.
Yet, Charlotte Hawkins, 42, has laughed off concerns about the so-called Strictly ‘curse’ because she and her husband Mark Herbert are happily married, reports Daily Mail.
Speaking to Hello! Magazine, the Good Morning Britain host admitted that while many other celebrities have fallen victim to the ‘curse of Strictly’, she is more than loved-up with her other half Mark.
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She confessed: ‘One of the things I get asked about most is the “curse of Strictly”, but it’s not an issue as we’re very happily married.’
The TV regular has been married to husband Mark for nine years, and in 2015 they welcomed their little girl Ella Rose.
Weighing in on the commentary, Mark admitted that he’s happy his wife was partnered with Brendan: ‘It’s really important they get on – there needs to be quite a bit of chemistry there for their dancing to be good.
‘Brendan is a really nice bloke – I’m very happy with him as a choice.’
Charlotte said she hopes to score success with Cole on the show, because he won the first series of the BBC One programme with another newsreader, Natasha Kaplinsky.
The Strictly curse was started in the first season the show aired in 2004 between Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole. Brendan is Charlotte’s professional partner this season.
Natasha and Brendan were both in relationships at the time – Natasha with Mike Barnard and Brendan with fellow Strictly professional Camilla Dallerup.
However, the two had an affair while on the show and later got together after leaving their partners for each other.
Her admission comes she admitted that ‘it’s still weird for your husband to be watching you dance intimately with another man.’
The presenter also admitted that she plans on wearing short skirts to ‘distract everybody’ from her dancing.
Speaking to The Sun on Friday, Charlotte brushed off any concerns about the curse, saying that she had spoken to her husband Mark Herbert about any worries.
‘We’re really happily married, so it’s not an issue… I wanted to check he was going to be happy with that and OK I’m dancing in such an intense way.
‘I’d find it really hard if it were the other way around. But then I’d know they’re just dancing and I have trust in our relationship.’
There is of course no suggestion that Charlotte and Bredan are anything more than friends.
Joking about her plan to wear shorter skirts to draw attention to her fabulous pins rather than her dancing, Charlotte jested that her co-presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid had been teasing her about her costumes.
‘Susanna and Piers are already teasing me about how short the dresses will get. Thank goodness, with all the dancing, I’m gonna be the fittest I’ve ever been!’
Elsewhere, Charlotte told Hello! that she is taking inspiration from her ‘carefree’ two-year-old daughter on the dance floor.
In terms of her technique, the ITV darling is looking to Ella Rose, although she said the toddler is ‘not the most delicate’.
‘I look at Ella Rose when she’s dancing and she’s so carefree; completely confident,’ she began. ‘I think I need a bit of that inner two-year-old to help me on Strictly.
‘That’s the bit you need to hold onto. I need to learn from her… She does baby ballet and has taken to it like a duck to water. But she gets all her dancing skills from Peppa Pig. She’s not the most delicate.’
Hawkins took to the dance floor with Cole to dance a Foxtrot in Saturday’s first live show of the series, and the pair scored a respectable 22 points from the judges.